Though attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) begins before the age of 12, most people deal with ADHD throughout their adult life. The mental health specialists at Notre Dame Behavioral Health work with teens and adults facing the emotional and behavioral issues caused by ADHD. The team performs psychological assessments and develops comprehensive treatment plans based on each person's unique strengths and challenges. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call the office in Surprise, Arizona, or book an appointment online today.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins due to an imbalance in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters). The problem occurs in areas of the brain essential for attention and self-regulation. As a result, people with ADHD have a hard time focusing, become hyperactive, or both.
Every now and then, everyone has a hard time paying attention or becoming hyperactive. But the symptoms of ADHD go beyond typical behaviors. ADHD causes severe and persistent challenges that interfere with success at school, work, home, and when socializing.
The range of symptoms caused by ADHD falls into two categories: inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive. You may have problems in one or both categories.
If you struggle with inattention, you may:
Many people with ADHD have a poor working memory. Your working memory allows you to briefly hold several pieces of data in your head, remembering the information just long enough to use it. You need working memory to follow instructions, plan your activities, and solve problems.
If you have these symptoms, you may:
ADHD often causes poor impulse control, which leads to problems with anger and unwanted behaviors.
The team at Notre Dame Behavioral Health completes a psychological assessment, focusing on your unique strengths and weaknesses before recommending the best treatment.
Medication remains one of the most successful treatments for ADHD. Though stimulants often get the best results, your provider may prescribe a nonstimulant medication.
Both classes of drugs improve ADHD symptoms by boosting brain chemicals. However, there are several medications in both classes, and each drug works a slightly different way. If you don't improve with one, you may get great results with another.
People with ADHD can also improve their life with therapy, either alone or combined with medication. Therapy focuses on the behavioral and emotional skills affected by ADHD. For example, you may need help managing anger, learning how to get organized, or improving socialization skills.
If you or your child need help with ADHD, call Notre Dame Behavioral Health, or book an appointment online today.